With each passing hour, it seems that Tropical Cyclone Yasi is building into the worst storm in recorded history. The Category 5 cyclone, mere hours away from making landfall on Australia's north-eastern coast, is approximately 1250 miles across. News.com has provided graphics to show how Yasi would potentially affect other regions of the world, including superimposed images of the contiguous United States, all of SE and South Asia and much of Western Europe.
Yasi's eye alone is as big as the entire city of New Orleans, devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The cyclone comes just weeks after 75% of the state of Queensland was ravaged by floodwaters.
Australia's ABC reports that Queensland premier, Anna Bligh, has advised residents in the affected region that it is too late to flee the massive storm. ""People should be sheltering in places wherever they are, we expect to see very dramatic acceleration of wind gusts over the next couple of hours", she said. Read the full article.